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Six Key Powers Call for a Halt to Fighting in Libya

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7Dnews London

Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:29 GMT

Six countries called for a cease-fire in Libya in a rare statement on Tuesday. The nations warned that bloodshed was aggravating a crisis in Libya on multiple fronts.

The United States, France, Britain, Italy, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates voiced "deep concern" over violence around the capital, Tripoli.

The six powers "call for an immediate de-escalation and halt to the current fighting and urge the prompt return to the UN-mediated political process", a joint statement said.

They warned that the fighting "has fueled a growing humanitarian emergency", aggravating a crisis with migrants, and voiced the fear that extremists would thrive in the security vacuum.

The countries "call on all parties to the Tripoli conflict to dissociate themselves from all such terrorists and individuals designated by the UN Sanctions Committee, and renew our commitment to see those responsible for further instability held accountable."

The Libyan army began a widespread operation on April 4th against extremist groups in Libya. The nation has been plagued by ongoing violence. 

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